- Oct 07, 2021
- by Sarojini Nagappan
So you have your WordPress site up and running? Now it’s time to create and publish content to drive traffic to your site! The great news is, you don’t have to be a technical wizard to publish content on WordPress. WordPress editors have made the entire process easy for you. WordPress comes with built-in tools to format, view, and publish professional-looking pages and to post quickly without writing codes. There are two versions of WordPress editors; WordPress Classic Editor and WordPress Block Editor. This blog is a step-by-step guide on working with the WordPress classic editor to create, format, view, and publish content for any beginners in WordPress.
Read How to get started with WordPress, if you need a quick guide to get started with WordPress.
Step 0: Access WordPress Admin Page
Before you actually begin the editing process, you need to have a login with content authorizing rights to create and publish your content on any WordPress site. If you are not the site administrator, then request the following from the administrator or web developer:
- A WordPress login username and password
- URL for the WordPress admin page
Step 1: Preparing the Editing Environment
The best practice is always to work with two tabs, open the live site on one tab and the editing pane on a separate tab. This way it will be easier for you to refresh your live site content once you have published the content.
Once you have your login credentials click on the WordPress site name on the top bar of the WordPress Admin page, and then right-click on the Visit Site link and open the link in a new tab:
To create, edit or view pages on the WordPress site, follow these steps:
A. On the Dashboard in the left sidebar, click Pages and then click Add Pages to view all the pages on the site:
B. Click on Add New to create a new Page:
C. Before you proceed with further steps, check the WordPress Editor edition. As mentioned earlier, you have two versions, the block editor and the classic editor.
- Classic Editor: You will have a toolbar on the classic editor to format your text.
- Block Editor: Each component is a separate block. For example, you will have a paragraph block, an image block, and so on.
**This rest of this blog’s focus is on editing using the WordPress classic editor.
Step 2: Formatting Content in WordPress
This step explains how to format your content on pages or posts with the WordPress Editor controls.
WordPress Content Formatting CheatSheet
AddMedia: To add an image or any media on the page, use the Add Media button to upload and insert the media to the page or posts:
Text Styling: Highlight the text, then select the style required from the drop-down list. You have options to format a text to different types of headers and styles.
Bold and Italic: Highlight the text, and then click on the B or I icon to bold or italic your text.
Bulleted or Numbered List: Highlight the text, and then click on the bulleted list or numbered list to create an ordered list:
BlockQuote: Blockquotes are great to emphasize a customer review or text to the audience. Highlight the text, and then click on the blockquote icon on the toolbar.
Align left, Align center, Align right: The editor also offers 3 different ways to align your text: left align, centered, and right align. Highlight the text to align the text.
Insert or Edit link: You can hyperlink a statement, word, or whole paragraph using the insert or edit link tool. Highlight the text and click on the link button to insert a hyperlink.
Toolbar Toggle: This allows you to expand the WordPress Classic Editor toolbar to give more formatting options:
Strikethrough: Click on the strikethrough button to strike out any obsolete text.
Horizontal line: Click on the horizontal line on any part of the page to create a horizontal line.
Text Color: Highlight the text, then click on the text color button to change the text color.
Paste as Text: You can copy and paste text from Word or another page. Paste as Text will remove any special formatting and HTML tags and paste the copied text into the editor without any formatting.
Clear Formatting: Click on the clear formatting button to remove any formatting done on the text.
Special Character: Position cursor at a specific location to insert special characters, then click on the insert custom character:
Decrease and Increase Indent: Click on the decrease and increase indent button to indent a text or bullet list.
Undo and Redo: You can either use the undo and redo button or keyboard shortcuts to undo or redo the last performed action.
Step 4: Preview, Save Draft or Publish WordPress Content
Once you have completed creating your page, click on Save Draft. Next, click on the Preview button to preview the page. Make any changes, if required, and then click on the Publish button to publish the page.
Here’s a sample page done for this blog:
We hope with this guide, you have a better understanding of text formatting in WordPress using the WordPress classic Editor. You should be able to use the same formatting tools for the WordPress Block Editor as well. Managing a WordPress installation can be complex. A2’s Managed WordPress Hosting simplifies every part of the process, including upgrades & patches for you, ensuring your site is secure and optimized to run as efficiently as possible.